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Information, Choices, Techniques and Advice on all Pencil Matters

COLOURED PENCILS - WATERCOLOUR PENCILS - PASTEL PENCILS - GRAPHITE PENCILS

Over 150 detailed pages of information for beginners and improvers to help you develop your skills



PENCIL TOPICS

I teach Beginners and also Landscapes in Coloured Pencil,

and as a result, my notes tend to concentrate on the techniques for Beginners and for Landscapes.  

Most of the methods I use can be equally applied to Animals, Flowers and Portraits, but those topics are not covered in detail at present.

I am slowly adding some tutorials by other artists.  These are all credited on the pages in question.  


As new course elements are added, the notes will be included here in ‘Topics’, but usually after the course has run - otherwise potential students wouldn’t bother to attend the courses !


CONTENTS




A SUMMARY OF PAGE CONTENT IS GIVEN BELOW

Links have now been included

INTRODUCTION

Why use coloured pencil?  Is it a drawing or a painting. Is it serious art medium?

PENCIL HISTORY

A short look at how pencils have developed

STEP BY STEP EXERCISES

A listing of more than 20 step by step tutorials on the site with links

BRANDS

A review of the section, a look at Ingredients, Prices (in the UK), Lightfastness of the pigments, and a page for each manufacturer with a listing of what they make. There are also colour comparison charts


    Lightfastness 1     Why we are concerned about  fading pigments


    Lightfastness 2     Some examples of tests carried out


    Price & Content   What will you be paying and what goes into the pencils


    Colour Comparisons    An introduction to the Topics colour charts


    Derwent


    Faber-Castell


    Caran d’Ache


    Prismacolor


    Lyra


    Staedtler


    Royal Talens


    Bruynzeel


    Daler Rowney


    Conte


    Cretacolor


    Koh-I-noor

DIFFERENCES

A closer look at the different brands and what makes them more or less suitable for different types of artwork

SURFACES

An introduction to the brands of paper available


TEST results for papers used with Wax type pencils   Now complete


TEST results for papers used with Watercolour pencils


TEST results for papers used with Pastel pencils


TEST results for papers used with CP and Mixed Media


Alternatives to paper - grit boards, wood, gesso etc


Coloured Papers and why lightfastness of black papers is important


How paper is made, and why we may  need to stretch paper (and how)

DRY POINT  ( Wax type pencils)

A brief summary of the main techniques


1. The basic layering technique


2.  Applying further colour to achieve the right colour


3   Getting stronger colour


4.  Different marks to achieve different effects


5.  The problems of Wax ‘Bloom’ when using wax based pencils


6.  Wax 0r  Oil ?   - what goes into the wax type pencil and why


7  Fixatives



AQUARELLES  ( Water Soluble Pencils)

1. A summary of the basics


2. Many Different ways of using Aquarelles


3  Why we may need to underpaint


4. Backgrounds with Aquarelles 1.  Using watercolour techniques


.                                               2. Alternative methods


5. Using a brush with Aquarelles


6. Techniques for obtaining foliage effects


7. Line and wash techniques with a step by step example spread over two long pages


8. Cottage Garden step by step


9. Italian Street scene step by step ( over two long pages )


10. Venice Grand Canal group exercise Jan 2017  Several following pages of details

MIXED MEDIA

What is mixed media ?  A summary, together with notes about exhibiting


Ways in which Coloured Pencil can be used with other media


Archway - a step by step example of Coloured Pencil over Pastel


Cottage entrance  - a further example of Coloured Pencil over Pastel on Black Paper

PASTEL PENCILS

1. An introduction


2. Basic Techniques


3. A look at the different brands on the market


4. A look at the different surfaces which can be used for pastel pencils


5. A more detailed look at techniques, sharpening pastel pencils, and a simple step by step


6.  A long Step by step - Annecy Reflections - spread over two long pages

GENERAL COLOURED PENCIL TECHNIQUES

Sharpening pencils and pencil sharpeners


Backgrounds using dry pencil techniques


Matching colours to your reference


A review of the rules of composition


What are complementary colours ? - and why should we care ?


Working on black and coloured paper


Still Life Points  - two pages looking at the ways we can get the right shapes and relationships

WORKING THE SURFACE

Ways of manipulating the colour once it is laid down


1   A range of methods explained


2.  Solvents


3.  Blenders and burnishers ( including dry powder blending)


4. Other ways of applying pigment

LANDSCAPE TECHNIQUES

Introduction


Some particular points to remember for some subjects


A Step by Step of a Canal Scene - ‘Grand Union’


Clouds and Skies


Trees 1 and Trees 2


Brick stone and tile 1 and 2 ( not yet complete )


Working from old photographs ( not yet complete )

ACCESSORIES

The useful bits and pieces that ‘come in handy’

ART POINTS

A long section covering a variety of topics all art related, but not especially regarding Coloured Pencil


1.  Perspective 1 and 2


2. The Golden Section


3.  Reflections


4.  Notes on Colour and Complementaries


5.  Drawing and painting Boats on Water and water itself


6. The need for Contrast


7.  Form and Space


8   Drawing from life - an introduction


9. Using a Camera


10. Transferring an image -  ways of getting the shapes on to your working surface


11. Copyright. What to watch out for ….


12. Relationships - How parts of the picture need to relate to each other


13. Keeping a record - Scan or Photo


14. Adjusting an image


15. Printing


16. Print layout when producing your own cards

PENCIL SOCIETIES

A look at some national societies who support Coloured Pencil artists

COURSES AND TUTORIALS by Peter Weatherill

A review of the places where you can go for more information,



OTHER COURSES and TUTORIALS

By other Artists

BOOKSHELF

A collection of some of the books on my bookshelf

READERS GALLERY

A collection of Pencil artwork by a range of international artists with links to their websites

CP ART HISTORY

Several pages of articles directing you to more information on artists using CP who you may not have realised have done so





CONTACT

How to get in touch with me

TOPICS TALK

A venue for discussion, questions and help with pencil based problems

Peter Weatherill’s own personal site

Tucked in at the end are some pages that make up a record of the other paintings I have completed in a range of media over the years.  May not be terribly up to date !!

































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SITE INFORMATION

This is the section that deals with site matters

SEARCH

Google supplied search engine looks at site contents ( and includes a few adverts )

DIARY RECORD

Keeps a note of previous diary notes brought forward from the front page

PDF FILES

Explains how PDF files work and includes a list

GLOSSARY

A list of Coloured Pencil Art terms and what they mean

UPDATES

A comprehensive list of all the updates on the site from way back

This next list is the main site content

Latest revision July 2015